Hebrew Academy Chabad Email: neilfort@hacds.org Phone: 7148980051 www.HACDS.org
Alumni Association News #6

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Upcoming Alumni Association events.

Our 8th grade students are preparing to take the first Alumni Pledge. Wherein each student in 8th and 12th grades pledge to take the bring honor to the Torah, keep in contact with the Hebrew Academy and make a small charitable gift to the Hebrew Academy, annually, for four years. Those students who make the pledge will receive the Alumni pin pictured above.

Check out our LinkedIn Group: Hebrew Academy Professional Network. Please join to offer/find business opportunities from within our own ranks.

Please watch the Alumni Facebook Page for opportunities to gather with friends. Recently, some of the class of '97 got together for a classmate's Simcha.

Mrs. Nechama Eilfort - Alumni coordinator

To include your special events and news message neilfort@hacds.org or through Facebook. Networking and advertising opportunities will be available soon.

Please forward this newsletter to your friends who may not have received it!
A word from your Staff:
Rabbi Dovid Grossman
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Rabbi Grossman and his wife were part of the Hebrew Academy staff for 6 years. He now works for a national referral service. Click through to read about job opportunities.

...People typically come to me in a crisis. They are overwhelmed and have no idea how to best help their parents. I am blessed to be able to walk them through tremendous opportunities and options they were often not even aware of. Trying to find a placement for an elderly parent on your own can often cause confusion and anxiety....


Connections: Rivkah deVries Teich
...the Martha Stewart case...


Rivka deVries Teich attended the Hebrew Academy from Nursery through High School. She was recently interviewed in the Nshei Chabad Newsletter. Click through to read the interview.

... it is exciting. I am exposed to things that the average citizen doesn’t get to hear. I sit in on proceedings connected with international drug cartels, organized crime, terrorism, tax fraud, white-collar crime, Internet crime. And that’s just a sample. Because it is Grand Jury, I am not at liberty to discuss my cases. Everything is secret and confidential....


School Happenings

Kindergarten has a new playground, thanks to funds from the Annual Auction.

Soccer field, covered play area, mini basketball , concrete pad, lunch area...

Kindergarten dissects (one of) the world's smallest shark with Dr. Todd click here


Students Shine at The Hebrew Academy
The Hebrew Academy has a winning arts curriculum.
Ms. Shawn Smith, our wonderful music teacher, has been working with our students all year to help them gain a good understanding of the correlation between musical notes and tempo and mathematics.


Commencement Ceremony - Wednesday, June 12th

There are many volunteer opportunities on the HA campus -

- Sunday Soccer; Coach or Sponsor a team!

- We are (still) looking for someone to teach a Debate class to the middle school boys next year.

- Volunteer to assist in a classroom. Help teach first grade about the laughing hey or fourth grade the 'Mah Nishtana' in yiddish.

-If you are a veteran or active military, the high school would like to talk to you.

Hebrew Academy phone number 714 898 0051

Please visit our website www.hacds.org to see more outstanding programs.


In Five Words or Less

  • Snow flurries at HAL
  • TP roll bathroom pass
  • Rabbi Berkowitz's recycled parsha jokes
  • Trailers for the cleaning crew
  • Mrs. Brilliant in the library
  • Your memory here...

Want to add to this column? Send us your submissions.


Where are you now?

Please, drop Deborah Wilcoxson, aka 'Coach', a line letting her know where you are and what you are up to.




Candle Lighting Times for
Huntington Beach, CA [Based on Zip Code 92647]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 7:38pm
Friday, May 31st
Shabbat Ends: 8:40pm
20 Sivan
Torah Portion:



In This Issue:

  • Rabbi Newman's Message
  • Connections
  • A Word from Your Staff
  • Alumni News
  • School Happenings
  • Special Moments: Then and Now
  • In Five Words or Less


Rabbi Newman's Message

Acquire a Friend

It is always so heartwarming to go to a happy celebration and meet alums of the Hebrew Academy. I just came from a community event and met dozens of former students. But there was a special alum who I have not heard from in at least twenty years. It was so exciting for me to catch up with lots of news.

Ethics of the Fathers states ‘Acquire A Friend’ to which many are puzzled by the expression ’acquire’. We are used to the saying ‘Make A Friend’. The difference is how much effort you put into the process. It is easy to make a friend – maintaining a friendship is the challenging part. Healthy friendships are important in maintaining growth and values and building a community. And friendship is reciprocal. The more you put into the effort the more you get out – exponentially. Who do you turn to to share a happy occasion or for helpful advice if not a good friend. And in time of need it is a good friend that comes through. We have all been in these types of situations where we benefited greatly leaning on someone’s shoulder. It takes extra effort but the payoff is huge.

We are looking for friends in our alumni. The Hebrew Academy has grown in our programs and enhanced our campus immensely. We want to tell you about our success. Our alumni are the biggest part of that story. You can help us by making contact with us and staying in touch.

I would love to hear from you. Please email me today with all your nachas stories. You will be helping me fulfill ‘Acquire a Friend’. My pledge is that I will connect back to you.

With best wishes,

Rabbi Yitzchok Newman



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Special Moments: Then & Now


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Generation to generation will praise Your works, and they will recite Your mighty deeds."

- Psalms 145:4



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